Parrish Art Museum: 2018 Student Art Exhibition, February 3 / March 4


FEBRUARY 3 – MARCH 4, 2018

Art by Students from 32 Schools and Work Created by 350 Participants

in the Museum’s Artist-in-Residency Program with Bastienne Schmidt is on View

Opening Reception of the 2017 Student Exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez

From February 3 through March 4, 2018, the work of more than 1,000 young artists from Eastern Long Island schools will on view in the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Student Exhibition. A more than 60-year tradition that celebrates youthful imagination and boundless creativity, this important aspect of the Museum’s programs is enhanced this year by Artist-in-Residence workshops with Bastienne Schmidt, whose work is currently on view in The Permanent Collection: Five and Forward. The 2018 Student Exhibition kicks off Family Month at the Museum, featuring film, unique art workshops, performance, and programs on Fridays.

“Each year, the Parrish looks forward to the enthusiasm for art making and the creativity expressed in the Student Exhibition. That energy is amplified this year by the Museum’s fourth Artist-in-Residence in the new facility, with the participation of collection artist Bastienne Schmidt,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan. “This continues to allow the Parrish to provide opportunities for hundreds of students to work with practicing contemporary artists.”

Participants in the Student Exhibition explore many traditional and non-traditional approaches to art-making. Working with their art teachers and through art clubs in schools from Brookhaven to East Hampton and the North Fork, the students demonstrate imagination, enthusiasm, and technical skill in diverse media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and costume design. Taken together, the exhibition gives an overview of the high level of creativity and accomplishment achieved in the schools. 

“The annual Student Exhibition is an inspiration to everyone who visits the Museum,” said Parrish Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield. “We are indebted to the art educators who expertly lead young artists to explore the visual arts—from the exuberant creations of preschoolers to the inventive and introspective works of high school artists.” 

Elementary and middle schools enter group projects for the exhibition; high school artists are represented by individual works as well as collaborative projects. Artist Neill Slaughter, a professor of Visual Art at Long Island University, will present awards to recognize select high school seniors for their exceptional talent and skill, in categories ranging from painting to mixed media. “Ones to Watch” honors are given to underclassmen.

In addition to the nearly 300 group and individual works created by students under the direction of their art teachers in 32 public, private, and home schools, the exhibition features group works by 350 students from Bridgehampton, Southampton, Hampton Bays, and Tuckahoe Schools who participated in the residency and created work inspired by Schmidt’s conceptual and technical approach to art making. The students considered the theme of “sense of place,” examining how they view or respond to geographical locations based on their personal experiences and cultural history.  

Participating schools in the 2018 Student Exhibition include: Bellport High School, Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, Bridgehampton School, Children’s School, Cutchogue East Elementary School, East Hampton High School, East Hampton Middle School, East Quogue Elementary School, Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology/ Gary D. Bichorn Technical Center, Eastport South Manor Junior/Senior High School, Greenport School, Hampton Bays Middle School, Hayground School, John M. Marshall Elementary School, Mattituck High School, Miller Place High School, Our Lady of the Hamptons School, Oysterponds Elementary School, Peconic Community School, Pierson High School, Raynor Country Day School, Riverhead High School, Ross School, Sag Harbor Elementary School, Shelter Island Early Learning Center, Southampton Elementary School, Southampton High School, Southampton Intermediate School, Southampton Montessori School, Springs School, Westhampton Beach High School, and William Floyd High School.

Students from Southampton and Hampton Bays Life Skills, as well as from Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Tuckahoe schools participated in the Artist-in-Residency workshops.



Saturday, February 3 – Sunday, March 4, 2018

Admission to both the exhibition and opening receptions is free for participating educators, artists, and their families.

STUDENT EXHIBITION RECEPTIONS: Free events with refreshments 

  • Young Artists Reception: Saturday, February 3, 1–3 pm
  • High School Artists Reception: Saturday, February 3, 3 – 5 pm

High School Awards Presentation and Reception: Saturday, March 3 at 3 pm

FAMILY MONTH PROGRAMS: All Family Month Fridays are free with Museum admission

  • UpSculpted Valentines, Friday, February 9, 6 pm
  • Bash the Trash: Friday, February 16, 6 pm
  • Film: Landfill Harmonic: Friday, February 23, 6 pm
  • Collagraph Printmaking Friday, March 2, 6 pm


  • Open Studio for Teens: Saturday, February 3, 10 am
  • Open Studio for Families: Saturdays, February 10, 17, and 24; March 3, 11 am–1 pm
  • Winter Vacation Art Workshops: February 19-23 (Advance registration and payment required)

COMMUNITY DAY: Sunday, February 25, 10 am–5 pm; ongoing activities 12-3pm.

The 2018 Student Exhibition and accompanying programs are supported in part by property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and Tuckahoe Common School District. Additional support for the residency project is provided by The Robert Lehman Foundation. The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, George P. Mills, Long Island Community Foundation, H. Peter Haveles Jr., May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The John J. McDonnell and Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation, Patricia and David Rung, Town of Southampton, and The Walji Family. The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 


Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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